National Home Care and Hospice Month coming up in November…

We would all prefer to age gracefully in the comfort of our homes. Many adults are turning to home health, palliative, and hospice care in order to make that a reality. These health services are now a leading choice of care among the disabled, and the chronically and terminally ill.

This November honor your staff for the work they do in caring for those who can longer care for themselves. Promote the fact that your patients receive personalized health care in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. A typical Home Health Team consists of: Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologist.

Educate patients and their families about hospice and the physical, mental and spiritual support it provides those families facing a terminal prognosis. Let them know that choosing hospice is not giving up, but rather a decision to focus on pain and symptom management. It is surrounding yourself and your family with a care team that specializes in helping terminally ill patients enjoy the best quality of life they can in the time they have left. A typical Hospice Care Team consists of: Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Nurses’ Aides, Social Workers, Hospice Chaplains, and Trained Volunteers.

Celebrate the dedicated care givers in your agency who work together to minimize anxiety and discomfort for those facing a life-limiting illness, and enable patients to face the end of their lives peacefully in the comfort of their own home.

“It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration.”  – Val J. Halamandaris, former NAHC President

  Ways you can Highlight your Agency and the Services you Provide:

  • This November, honor physicians who understand and support the work you do for their patients through your social media posts.

  • Educate physicians and patients about palliative care and how it can assist those recovering from a serious illness.

  • Distribute FAQ brochures to all the libraries and coffee shops in your area. Be sure to leave them at community counters wherever possible.

  • Make the lives of your patients and their family caregivers easier by giving them a clear guide that shows them when their symptoms require a call to emergency services, to their home health nurse, or require no action at all. Zone flyers make this simple and are personalized to your agency.

  • Set up a booth at community events this month and distribute agency materials, including disease information brochures personalized to your agency. These brochures educate about specific conditions and tell how home health, private duty or hospice care can help.

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